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Let's Talk Caledon

Join us for a series of speaker sessions discussing key topics related to Dufferin-Caledon's older adult community.

Everyone Welcome | Limited Spaces Available | Refreshments and Light Snacks Available 

Registration Opens October 5, 2022

 Let's Talk About Healthy Communication | October 19, 2022

Let’s talk about healthy vs. unhealthy communication and ways to improve communication in your personal relationships.

During this session our speakers will discuss ways to identify, and model healthy communication in challenging situations, how to identify abusive and ageist behaviour, and provide tools to improve your communication skills in all your personal relationships with friends, family, neighbours and more.

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Margaret Dunn Valleywood Library - Community Room (20 Snelcrest Dr, Caledon)

About Our Speakers: 

Mary Shkoury, Prevention Consultant with Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO) and Emma Whittaker, Seniors at Risk Coordinator with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) are skilled in navigating challenging situations through their work on the front lines. Together they work to support residents in Dufferin-Caledon by providing them with the tools and techniques to improve communication in their relationships. They offer fun and engaging sessions encouraging interaction from the participants while maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment.  

Please select the button below to register for this session or call 311 for support

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Registration Closes October 17

 Let's Talk About Cultural Competancy | October 26, 2022

Let’s talk about our ability to develop meaningful relationships with people of various cultural backgrounds.

During this session our speaker will provide tips and tools to enhance your cultural competancy with different cultures. You will be provide with the opoorutnity to ask questions, and expand your skills to become more inclusive and equitable in your community. 

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Caledon Equestiran Park - Palgrave Room (200 Pine Ave, Palgrave)

About Our Speaker: 

Althea Alli is a highly sought-after Speaker and Community Advocate who is passionate about Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives and advancing the needs of the community. As the current Vice-Chair of the Shelburne Police Services Board, member of the County of Dufferin’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and former Vice-Chair of the Shelburne Anti-Racism Task Force, she plays an active role in promoting Equity, Diversity and inclusion principles make the community more inclusive and equitable for all. 

Please select the button below to register for this session or call 311 for support

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Registration Closes October 24

 Let's Talk About 2SLGBTQQIAA Older Adults | November 2, 2022

Let’s talk about the 2SLGBTQQIAA acronym and how you can help make Caledon more welcoming for older adults from queer and trans communities. 

During this session our speaker will provide an overview of the culture and community of the 2SLGBTQQIAA community providing an overview of challenges, stigma and ways our community can be more accommodating and inclusive. 

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Southfields Community Centre - Hub Room (225 Dougall Ave, Caledon)

About Our Speaker: 

Anthony Mohamed is the Senior Specialist, Equity & Community Engagement, St. Michael’s Hospital, where he has been since 1995. He currently Chairs both the Education Committee at Toronto’s Senior Pride Network (SPN) and the Advisory for a research study on HIV & Cancer in Ontario. He is an active volunteer with many other community initiatives.

Drawing from more than 35 years of experience in community and social justice initiatives, Anthony has specialized skills in facilitation, mediation, policy development, project management, research, community partnerships and strategically applying an intersectional anti-oppression framework. 

Please select the button below to register for this session or call 311 for support

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Registration Closes October 31

 Let's Talk About Ageing Well | November 9, 2022

Let's Talk about what it means to age well and age in place in the Dufferin-Caledon area. We will discuss how to grow older with purpose and passion and point attendees to resources to help achieve this. 

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Caledon Village Place (18313 Hurontario St. Caledon Village)

About Our Speakers: 

Our speakers join us with a vast variety of professional and personal experience with the older adult population in the Dufferin-Caledon Area. They actively advocate for supports and services to ensure older residents living in their communities are able to age well and age in place. Their collective experiences and passion for the wellbeing of older adults complement each other to provide participants with a well rounded and engaging session. 

Please select the button below to register for this session or call 311 for support

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Registration Closes November 7

 Let's Talk About Staying Safe in a Connected Community | November 16, 2022

Let's talk about staying safe in a world with increased risk of frauds and scams and the importance of staying connected. Learn about how to identify, prevent and protect yourself so that you can continue to be connected in a safe way. 

Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Margaret Dunn Valleywood Library - Community Room (20 Snelcrest Dr, Caledon)

About Our Speakers: 

Our speakers come with many collective years of experience supporting residents in the Dufferin Caledon Area. Gail Smith, VCAO & Programs Coordinator, with a local volunteer from Caledon Dufferin Victim Services, will share their experiences in supporting victims of crime, abuse, and tragedy. Providing ways to protect yourself against frauds and scams so that you're comfortable with using technology to stay connected. Listneing and supporting the various concerns you have with technology, providing tips, tools and tricks to keep you safe.   

Please select the button below to register for this session or call 311 for support

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Registration Closes November 14

NEW!

Town is offering a new "Snow Removal Financial Assistance Program" as an initiative from the Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan to "Implement snow and ice removal programs that provide support and/or financial assistance to enable eligible homeowners, including older adults with compromised health conditions , and individuals providing home based supports, to safely access private driveways, stairs and walkways during various winter weather events." Deliverable #7.6

Low-income older adults (65+) and low-income persons with a disability living in Caledon are eligible to apply to receive a maximum $350 grant towards snow removal supports for the 2022/2023 winter season. 

To apply for the Snow Removal Financial Assistance Program please select the link below or call 311 if you require accommodations or support.

Apply Here

Fall for Caledon Age-Friendly Expo October 1, 2022

Caledon’s older residents make up half of our population and are truly the heart and soul of our Town!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on October 1, at the Fall for Caledon Age-Friendly Expo celebrating International Day of Older Persons.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

International Day of Older Persons - October 1

The United Nations introduced the International Day of Older Persons in 1990 as a way of bringing awareness and attention to seniors. Since then it has been a catalyst for people coming together to overcome misconceptions against seniors and has ushered in new policies that benefit seniors across the world.

The Town of Caledon utilizes this day of recognition to celebrate our older residents, their contributions and advocate for a community where we can all age well.

During the pandemic our older residents were hit the hardest and we want to take the time to ensure that they have the resources and supports so that they are prepared to face whatever comes their way in a happy and healthy way. 

Learn More

Free Try-It Fitness Classes

Looking to get heathier but not sure where to start? We've got you covered!

For a limited time, Age-Friendly Caledon has partnered with the Town's Recreation team to offer FREE Try-It recreation programs to help you figure out what classes are best for you. 

No registration required, drop-In and try one of the following programs during the times below (Limited Spaces Available - first come, first serve). 

  • Wednesday October 12 @ 12:00 p.m. - Zumba 55+ (Albion Bolton Community Centre)
  • Tuesday October 18 @ 10:45 a.m. - Forever Fit (Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness)
  • Friday October 21 @ 12noon - Qi Gong (Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness)
  • Friday October 21 @ 10:30 a.m. - Bone Builder (Caledon Village Place)
  • Wednesday October 26 @ 10:45 a.m. - Qi Gong (Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness)
  • Thursday October 27 @ 10:45 a.m. - Forever Fit (Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness)
  • Thursday November 3 @ 10:00 a.m. - Better Balance Workshop (Albion Bolton Community Centre)
  • Friday December 9 @ 10:30 a.m. - Fit for Life 55+ (Caledon Village Place) 

Questions?
Call 311 or email recreation@caledon.ca for more information.

Health and Wellness Ambassadors

New Volunteer Program!

We are always looking for volunteers to join our team of Health and Wellness Ambassadors!

Our Volunteer Ambassadors: 

  • Support the community outreach and engagement of the Town's Age-Friendly Action Plan.
  • Connect residents with community information, resources and services in Caledon.
  • Empower residents with the knowledge to help them make informed decisions. 

Please contact us if you require accessibility accommodations throughout the application process. 
Email us at peopleservice@caledon.ca or call 311

Apply Now

Age-Friendly Caledon

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The Town of Caledon is committed to strengthening community connections for residents aged 55 and over. We have built an Age-Friendly Action Plan designed to help remove barriers that impact your ability to connect with the people, places and services that make Caledon a great place live.

Over the next decade, Caledon will have nearly 10,000 more older adult residents (age 55 and over) than we have today. To address this major demographic shift, the Town of Caledon is embarking upon this new community initiative to ensure that its support systems – programs, services and facilities – are fully ready to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population base. 

Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan

On May 18, 2021 Council approved the Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan as a next step for the Caledon Community. 

Our Vision for this plan is to help make Caledon a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community that celebrates the diverse needs of all residents, regardless of age.

Please find the Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan (AODA) below. 

Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan

 What is an Age-Friendly Community?

Age-Friendly Communities are supportive physical and social environments that enable older people to live active, safe and meaningful lives and continue to contribute in all areas of community life. 

World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Dimensions

Age-Friendly Communities were developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide to encourage active ageing by increasing opportunities for health, participation and security to enhance quality of life as people age.

According to WHO, eight dimensions of an Age-Friendly Community include: 

  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  • Civic Participation and Employment
  • Social Participation
  • Respect and Social Inclusion
  • Communication and Information 
  • Community Support and Health Services
Age-Friendly Ontario 

The Creating a more inclusive Ontario: age-friendly community planning guide for municipalties and community organizations provides communities across the province with the tools required to implement the dimensions and key action items as outlined by the WHO.

Age-Friendly Communities are consistent with Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. The plan, released in January of 2013, was informed by a report on how to promote better care and health outcomes for older Ontarians entitled Living Longer, Living Well and developed by Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network hospitals and Expert Lead for Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.

Adult 55+ Strategic Plan 

The Adult 55+ Strategic Plan has been modified and incorporated into the Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan's key action items and deliverables moving forward. 

Seniors Task Force 

As the Steering Committee for the Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan, the Seniors Task Force will be representing older adult residents in Caledon to ensure that the action items developed reflect the needs of the community.  

The Seniors Task Force is a committee of Council that is designated to assist with the implementation of the Adult 55+ Strategic plan and advises council on issues and services related to older adults in the community.

Town of Caledon's Age-Friendly Memberships and Engagement
 Pan-Canadian Age-Friendly Reference Group

The Pan-Canadian Age-Friendly Communities is a National Initiative to support local communities with the steps needed to successfully apply the age-friendly communities' model in Canada. 

Age-Friendly Caledon participates as a municipal representative in the Pan-Canadian Age-Friendly Reference Group for the Province of Ontario alongside the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility and Age-Friendly Ontario. The reference group services the interests of members by proactively engaging in various strategic activities to help advance the Age-Friendly Communities model across Canada. 

The Town of Caledon has been a member since January 2022

 Southern Ontario Age-Friendly Network/ Age-Friendly Ontario

Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program

The Southern Ontario Age-Friendly Network is part of Ontario's Age-Friendly Communities Initiative. Network Members meet regularly to share their local age-friendly planning process, describe innovative programs and services, and discuss emerging trends or gaps. The networks are an opportunity to learn from and share with each other to help accelerate and strengthen work at a local level. 

Age-Friendly Communities Profile - Town of Caledon

 

The Town of Caledon has been a member since 2017

 Peel Council on Aging (PCoA)

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The Peel Council on Aging (PCoA) is a not-for-profit collective of organizations and individuals whose vision is to advance 'healthy aging for all in a connected and caring community'. 

As part of the Ontario Association of Councils on Aging, PCoA is dedicated to education, advocacy, research, and planning directed towards the development and support of "age-friendly" communitities' in the Region of Peel. 

As a newly formed council the PCoA will work collaboratively with Age-Friendly Caledon in support regional and local initiatives and the development of best practices throughout the Region of Peel.  

 Ageing Well in Caledon and Dufferin Collaborative (AWICD)

Ageing Well in Caledon & Dufferin (AWICD – pronounced A-Wicked) is a collaboration of older adults and community agencies focusing on the empowerment and wellbeing of older adults in the Caledon and Dufferin area through avenues of Communication and Awareness, Physical and Mental Health, and Social Connections.

As an interagency collaborative, AWICD consists of over 20 community members and supports the facilitation of the development and maintenance of a multidisciplinary response to the overall wellbeing of older adults in the Caledon and Dufferin Communities.

 

The Town of Caledon has been a co-facilitator and collaborative member since 2020 

 Age-Friendly Caledon Development

Beginning June 2020, the Town completed the development of the Age-Friendly Caledon (AFC) Action Plan development and completed the Action Plan in April 2021.  

Below is documentation that supports and builds on the Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan. If you would like to review the documents, please contact us for a copy. 

 Background Report
The AFC background report is a review of existing documentation, strategies and key notables that are influential to the building of the AFC Action Plan. This document was designed to help us understand where we have been as we decide where we need to go. 
 Survey 
The AFC survey was conducted during the period of November 1 to December 1, 2020 to offer residents of Caledon the opportunity to provide their say in the development of the Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan. The report provides a highlight of the comments and concerns provided during this time. 
Public Engagement Sessions 

On January 27 & 28 2021 Town Staff hosted public engagement sessions to provide an overview of the Age-Friendly Caledon Action Plan development and provide residents with the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Contact us to request a copy of the meeting recordings. 

 

2022 Senior of the Year - Bob Fines

Senior of the Year Nominations

Congratulations to Robert Fines the 2022 Caledon Senior of the Year! 

Council officially acknowledged Robert Fines on Tuesday June 28, 2022.
Learn more about the wonderful things Robert has contributed to the Caledon community here.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. As this is an annual award, we encourage you to continue recognizing the contributions of our community members and submit nominations in Spring 2023. 

55+ Information and Resources

Caledon's population, like much of Ontario's, is ageing. Here at the Town we are committed to providing resources and services to our residents ensuring that you receive the support you need. If you are over the age of 55 and living in Caledon, you may qualify for a number of Programs and Services. Please also find a variety of information and resources below and on the Housing and Living page to support you in whatever your needs are.

If you have questions or don't know where to turn please contact us or one of the numbers below.

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Know the difference before you call!

2.1.1 is available for public information and referrals to supports and resources in Caledon and Area. The service is available in 150 languages, 24/7. Just dial 2.1.1 from any telephone or go online to 211Ontario.ca.

COVID-19 Resources and Tips

There are many local supports and information available to help you during these hard times. If you are unsure about which organization or groups to contact, feel free to contact any one of them, they will be happy to connect you to a service provider to assist you. 

For additional resources visit our Community Directory Here.

COVID-19 Supports
  • 2.1.1 Ontario -For information about community programs and services call 2.1.1 from any phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, available in 150 different languages. 
  • Town of Caledon – Town Staff will help you get connected to a service provider based on your immediate needs. Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. call 3-1-1 or email COVID@caledon.ca
  • Region of Peel – Regional resources for COVID-19 support and the COVID-19 Vaccination. If you have questions about COVID-19, up to date information is available online, or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. In Caledon call 905-584-2216. Call centre hours are 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • Senior Saviour Solutions – This is a referral network which can connect you to a local service based on your needs call 905-533-0089 or email info@seniorsavioursolutions.ca
  • Caledon Dufferin Victim Services – Front Line support to victims of crime and tragic circumstances in the Town of Caledon and County of Dufferin – 24-hour Crisis Line: 905-951-3838 or 1-888-743-6496.
  • Ministry of Ontario - Seniors: stay healthy and active; Get information on programs and services to help seniors be healthy, active and engaged. 
  • The Ontario Caregiver Organization - Support and resources for Caregivers in Ontario available online. You can also contact the Ontario Caregiver Helpline 24/7 for support at 1-833-416-2273.
  • Here is some helpful information for when you go to the grocery store: Grocery Store COVID-19 Shopping Tips.
Tips for Staying in touch

Here are some great ways to celebrate a senior in your life during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Because no one should have to face this pandemic alone. 

Socializing with a older adult in your life from a distance
  • Call/video chat to say hello and check-in.
  • Get your COVID-19 Vaccination to help protect yourself and your loved ones. (Region of Peel - Book your COVID-19 Vaccine)
  • Have a physical distancing visit.
  • Send flowers or treats - they always bring cheer.
  • Offer to help/support/volunteer on your own or with a local service (Volunteer MBC)
    • Pick up supplies such as groceries, medication, essentials (t-paper, etc.).
    • Help with some outdoor work (garden/yard care).
  • Share your stories to #CaledonCares and encourage others to celebrate an older adult in their life.
Combating loneliness for isolated residents
  • Stay connected
    • Video/phone chat with friends, family members or neighbours.
    • Participate in a Seniors Centre Without Walls program with the Caledon Seniors Centre.
    • Join a telephone visiting program (Friendly Visiting, Telecheck, etc.).
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep to enhance your body's immune system. 
  • Go for a walk outside, exercise independently or join an online exercise program.
  • Meditate and relax with an online yoga or meditation class.
  • Try something new or start a new project.
  • Check out all the fun programs and activities online with the Town of Caledon's Recreation Programs.
  • Visit the Caledon Public Library for a long list of monthly activities including book chats, online trivia and educational programs. 

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